T-Mobile alters SIM unlock policy

January 22, 2010 | by Marin Perez


T-Mobile alters SIM unlock policy

Android users on T-Mobile USA will soon be able to unlock their handsets quicker, as TmoNews reports the fourth-largest U.S. carrier is changing its SIM unlock policy.

Starting Jan. 21, FlexPlay and post-paid customers can request an unlock code after 40 days, and eligible prepaid customers can get it after 60 days. Previously, you would have to wait 90 days because T-Mobile wants to get back as much of the handset subsidy as they can. The site also said customers in good standing who cancelled their accounts can get the code if they have active service for the last 40 days.

It’s not that big of a change because the majority of customers will still be in the early termination fee territory, but if you bought a G1, myTouch 3G, or Cliq unlocked, this could come in handy if you want to change carriers. Nexus One users who got the subsidy should remember that they’ll be hit with T-Mobile’s ETF, as well as a $350 hit from Google if they cancel within the first 120 days.